Big Innings Carry Wolverines Past Nebraska in Series Finale

April 27, 2014

Box Score |  Notes

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Michigan 7, Nebraska 5
Records: U-M (19-24-1, 9-9 Big Ten), NEB (28-17, 10-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, April 29 -- vs. Oakland (Wilpon Complex), 4 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball team held Nebraska to four hits on the game and put up crooked numbers in three separate innings in a 7-5 win on Sunday afternoon (April 27) at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. The Wolverines pick up the win in the series finale to move back to .500 in the Big Ten this season.

Nebraska scored a run in the top of the first on Pat Kelly's RBI groundout that plated Ryan Boldt. The Wolverines answered with three runs in the first. Sophomore Travis Maezes (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) reached on an infield single. Sophomore Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) bunted him to second while reaching on an error by Nebraska pitcher Aaron Bummer. Junior Jackson Glines (Coarsegold, Calif./Fresno City College) bunted both runners over and senior Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) brought Maezes in on a sacrifice fly. Freshman Carmen Benedetti (Grosse Pointe, Mich./South) singled home Cronenworth and freshman Jackson Lamb (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) tripled to right, scoring Benedetti and giving Michigan a 3-1 lead.

After a Husker run in the third, Michigan answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Martin was hit by a pitch with one out and moved to third on a Benedetti base hit. They would both score on Bummer wild pitches. Once again, Michigan answered a Husker run with two of its own, this time in the sixth. Darby brought in Kelly on a single to score the Huskers run, but Michigan was in business after a walk to junior Eric Jacobson (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius) and a Maezes single. Cronenworth then squeezed home Jacobson as he dove into the other batter's box to make contact on the bunt. U-M scored its seventh run as Glines singled to left to bring in Maezes.

Nebraska cut the lead to 7-5 in the seventh on a two-run home run from Kelly, but Cronenworth struck out three in the final two innings for his ninth save of the season.

Benedetti was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Maezes added two hits and two runs. Kelly drove in four runs for Nebraska.

Fifth-year senior Logan McAnallen (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt) earned his second win in as many appearances, striking out three and allowing just one hit with two earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched.

The Wolverines end the five-game homestand this Tuesday (April 29) against Oakland. First pitch is at 4 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. [Promotions]

Contact: Kent Reichert

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